A Flight Simulator Odyssey

by Charles Gulick

Play Nine Pins

Chart: Jacksonville
En Route Coordinates:
   Aircraft: N11540, E19408
   Tower: --
   Aircraft: 110
   Tower: --
Heading: 155
Time: Daylight

Yes, there are nine of those rocket gantry towers and, unlike the shuttle in the prior scenario, if you hit any part of them you'll know it.


Florida's Flying Freeway

You're to fly to the left of the first tower, then to the right of the second, to the left of the third, and so on, until you've cleared all nine. At that point you'll be over the true Cape Canaveral, where you'll set the airplane down (this side of the Atlantic, of course).

Remember what you've learned watching slalom skiers (except they hit the markers and you can't). Use any and all devices and techniques that come to mind (rudder can be very useful, if not indispensable). Watch your altitude, too. You're low at the outset, and will likely lose altitude in the turns. If your wheels touch the ground, you're disqualified.

All set?


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